“Change will force you to step off the path, to venture from the nest, to close your eyes and dive right in, knowing that the greatest opportunities in life are found in the sink or swim, do or die moments.” ― Stella Payton
A great day of building, with completion of the septic tank and lots of blocks mortared and filled. Very physical day with lots of dirt moving, mixing of motar and concrete along with laying block. The weather was perfect a nice 96 degrees with light winds.
Finished around 3:00 and went to a volcano park for a short hike. Interesting location with a small lake.
Finish the foundation day. Big day on a shovel with lots of concrete mixing and septic tank digging. We spent 3 hours in the morning digging the septic tank to about 7.5 feet deep. Hauling dirt up in5 gallon buckets, dumping into wheel barrows and moving 50 feet to the dirt pile. When the steel team finished tying all the rebar and setting the steel in the footings we switched out of the “pit” and started mixing concrete. Tough job moving 2 yards by hand.
Good news the had more ice in site to cool drinks and we stopped at a public pool on the way home to cool off. Over all very tiring but productive day.
Day 4 started wit a pleasant hour drive to the site and mixing a quick yard of concrete to finish up the vase pour. Then the trucks started arriving. First the steel truck with rebar. Next the rock truck with rock for the “good” concrete and then the cinder block truck with tons of block. Al this new material got the site packed, which required us to move a 2 yard pile of RICK and sand. Labor is Cheap.
We then began bending and tying rebar, and digging the septic tank. No shortage of work for the team. Our teamwork skills were tested as we unloaded the block truck moving the blocks in a fire line 30 yards with 15 people.
The septic tank digging was also a teamwork test, once we got down 4 feet we handed the dirt up in buckets and put into wheelbarrows. Lots of dirt handling.
A bit cooler on day 4 with a little cloud cover. Only 93 degrees. Using lots of GU Engery Electrolyte tablets.
Got to the site after a hour van ride with every seat filled. The site is down the mountain and very hot. Our first job was to set up 2 tents to have some shade. Next we dug out the footings for the foundation and started mixing concrete by hand. Concrete mixing is hard work. Mixing the sand, rock and concrete dry requires lots of shoveling. Then adding water requires lots more shoveling. Then you get to shovel into wheel barrows and dump into footings I think we mixed 4-6 yards today. It does help to have 15 people working and dice we only have 6 shovels you can get a break.
After we finished pouring the bottoms is the footings got back in the van and stopped in Allegria where we took in the view and walked the 100 steps in town. Then back to hostel for a shower, beer and dinner.
Tomorrow is more concrete and tying rebar. Should be fun😎
We got on a bus to travel to the town where we planned to stay for the week to build the house. Our first stop was the war memorial wall 85 meters of names of the killed and missing in the civil war. Our guide gave us the interpretation of the art work depicting the history of El Salvador
We then traveled to a small town near our hostel for lunch. Great views and much cooler at 4,000 feet up. Nice lunch meeting the local team and one of the owners of the house we are going to work on. We toured the shops in town and left for our hostel. Checked in and quickly left to visit the house and the family the team worked for last year. Very interesting to see how the house is built and how the people live.
Then went back to hostel. Dinner, cards and beer. Then called it a day. Up at 6:00 am tomorrow to start working. Great time and fun group.
Left SFO on Delta at 5:00pm to LA. Had a 5 hour layover in LA and flew to San Salvador, El Salvador. Arriving at 6:00 am. Good thing I can sleep on a plane. Our group is 12 people ranging in age from mid twenties to late seventies. All fun and interesting people that I am looking forward to knowing better. Cleared customs without any problems and got on a bus with the local Habitat representative to go to breakfast and our hotel. We then got on another bus to tour the city
Worlds largest puppus pan
Had breakfast in small town famous for puppusas a corn flour pancake filled with beans cheese and vegetables
Interesting church with bullet holes in the door and a cool inside.